Never Too Late to Grow

Did you ever wish you’d heard certain advice years ago? That’s just the thought I often have of Nancy I. Sander’s book, Anyone Can Get Published—You Can, Too! A Practical Strategy for the Christian Who Writes. I often think of the book and the advice. The theme: don’t just write because the story is the dream on your heart, and don’t just write to get published—do both!

This has helped me more than any certain piece of advice I ever received. Don’t mistake me, writing takes a lot of study and experience to hone the craft. And we should always be working on improving, even if it means major changes in our technique. But while I continue to receive rejections on some of my heart-favorites, I now have a small collection of published material, from no-pay to good pay, to remind me to keep working and keep submitting.

Another favorite piece of advice: a note left on my desk by my husband several years before he went to be with the Lord. “Stir up the gift of God which is in Thee,” 2 Tim. 1:6 (KJV). I keep the note next to a small picture of him above my computer, thankful for his constant encouragement of my writing, and a reminder that any talent and desire is a gift of God, to be used for His glory.

Shirley Shibley


4 responses to “Never Too Late to Grow

  1. Oh, Shirley! What a BEAUTIFUL and INSPIRING post! I read it several times and plan to write out that same Scripture verse and put it on my bulletin board—and Nancy’s book goes on my shelf within close reach!
    Love, Sherri

  2. gloriastockstill

    Shirley, what a wonderful memory of a husband who supported your writing ministry. I’m sure you miss him!


  3. Shirley Shibley

    Thanks, girls, and yes to missing my guy. Take a special moment each day, wives, to tell yours how much you love and appreciate him.


  4. What beautiful words your husband left you! Thanks so much for sharing them with us. I especially like the words, “stir up.” That’s exactly what we need to do.


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